At Barkibu we always remember the importance of having a responsible attitude with our dogs. On each walk with your dog, you have to have a bag to pick up his poop; you have to be civic. As you well know, nobody likes to have one of them under the shoe. Also, this will allow us to have greater control over the health of our friend and to know if something is not right inside him.
If we had to define the "perfect poop" it would be chocolate, neither too hard nor too soft, although each dog is a world.
Does your dog's poop have red blood, with a bit of mucus or vomit? If your dog's poop looks like jelly, something serious might be happening, especially if we are talking about diarrhea with blood.
Types of healthy poop according to their consistency
The type of feces your dog makes depends a lot on his diet. Depending on the diet he has and the way in which his body behaves in front of certain foods, his poops will be one way or another. Thus, according to the consistency, we can differentiate them into two types:
Hard Poop: This type of stool is usually due to a diet rich in cereals or other natural hardeners such as rice, corn, or beet pulp. This type of feed or food is usually not recommended as they have high astringent power and, most likely, that your dog might suffer from constipation.
Soft Poop/Diarrhea: Poops of this type can be due to several factors, some more serious than others. In principle, if you have noticed that your dog makes the poop a little softer than usual for a few days, it could be, simply, that something has not sat well within his stomach. Some prize or treat that he does not usually have or something that has been swallowed without being seen, because it is typical that a dog eats everything he finds. If you have changed the type of feed recently be sure that it could be this; logically, it will take a few days for him to get used to the new feed. If there is an important change in his environment, such as a move or the incorporation of a member into the family, it could be a response to a stress situation. Some parasites such as giardia can also cause problems of this type. If your dog is a puppy, check that there are no diseases such as distemper or parvovirus, because they are very frequent when they are small.
Healthy puppy poop chart by color
White Poop: Dogs that have a home-based or natural diet (such as the BARF diet) can produce this type of poop because they tend to discolor quite quickly. It can also be due to excess of calcium, usually from ingesting too many bones or egg shells.
Green Poop: Diets rich in vegetables and fruits tend to dye stools of this color. In addition, they usually contain fibers, due to vegetal fibers. If this is not your case, it could be a sign of canine pancreatitis, so we recommend you see your veterinarian as soon as possible; it is much better if this disease is diagnosed early.
Dark or black Poop: It may be mainly because of two things: the excess of liver in the diet (this food usually dyes the stool and it is not advisable to abuse it) or because the stool contains blood. If it is the latter, we recommend to immediately request an appointment with a veterinarian.
Yellowed Poop: If your dog eats a large number of dairy products or you give him a low-quality feed that contains many cereals or stuffing products like corn, he may produce this type of stool.
Poop with blood: In this case, it is difficult to arrive at the diagnosis. It could be many things, from intestinal parasites, tumors, or more serious diseases. What you should do is consult with a trusted veterinarian.
If you have noticed changes in your dog's feces recently, it would be best if you take a picture of it and consult our Barkibu veterinarians. If you think it may be something serious, for example, if the poop contains blood, ask for an appointment and solve your doubts as soon as possible.